Loser of GOP bid backs Democrat for sheriff CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK CAMPAIGN 1994

September 22, 1994

John E. Moran IV, who lost to Sheriff Robert G. Pepersack by 1,036 votes in the Republican primary, is endorsing Democrat George Johnson IV for the general election.

"I had to support what was best for the citizens of the county rather than my party," Mr. Moran said Tuesday.

Mr. Moran said that while he was campaigning he discovered that he and Mr. Johnson agree on a number of issues, including the call for a balanced budget in the sheriff's department, the need for a separate unit to serve warrants to parents delinquent in child support and better training for deputies.

Mr. Moran, a Baltimore sheriff's deputy who lives in Pasadena, said he believes his strong showing in the primary bodes poorly for Mr. Pepersack. "It's obvious from the primary, Sheriff Pepersack is going to have problems."

Mr. Johnson, head of the county Police Department's robbery unit, welcomed the endorsement. "I believe it indicates that people from both parties see a need for change in the sheriff's office."

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County Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks, a state Senate candidate, announced his opposition yesterday to the Washington Redskins' plans to build an NFL stadium in Laurel.

"I do not believe that the stadium project is compatible with the appropriate and orderly development of the district," said Mr. Middlebrooks, an Old Mill Republican, in a written statement.

Mr. Middlebrooks is running against Democratic incumbent Michael J. Wagner to represent District 32. The district includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie and Maryland City.

Mr. Wagner said last week that he does not oppose construction of a 78,600-seat stadium next to the Laurel Race Course. However, he opposes public financing of the additional roads and other public improvements the stadium would require.

"Ed's against everything any group, no matter how large or how small, is against," Mr. Wagner said in an interview. "He's against the stadium, he's against the jail, he's against light rail, he's against the airport. What's he for? You can't run a government by being against everything."

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The Maryland Classified Employees Association has endorsed state Del. Phillip D. Bissett, a Mayo Republican, for one of three District 30 delegate seats.

The MCEA is the largest employee organization in the state representing about 24,000 active and retired state and county employees.

Mr. Bissett is one of six Democrats and Republicans vying for the three seats. The district includes Lower Broadneck, Annapolis, Edgewater and Shady Side.

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